What You Didn’t Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants are common dental restorations that secure dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Implants are titanium posts that offer stable foundations for false teeth. Restorations that use implants can last much longer than removable restorations and help patients speak and eat comfortably. Our office provides implant-supported restorations custom-made for each patient. Here, we will review interesting facts about dental implants and treatment using implants in our Boise, ID, dental office.

What You Didn't Know About Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Boise, ID

Below we will illuminate more about dental implant treatment and answer questions that many patients have about life with dental implants:

Do Dental Implants Change Your Face Shape?

Yes, receiving dental implants can positively impact your face shape. Patients with missing teeth can experience facial sagging due to a lack of bone tissue. Over time, if patients do not replace their missing teeth soon enough, they may notice changes in their facial structure. Once dental implants fuse with the jaw bone, they support the jaw and help combat problems like facial sagging, improving the face shape.

Are Dental Implants Permanent?

Because dental implants use high-quality materials like titanium and porcelain, they will often help restorations last longer than removable ones. The titanium implant posts themselves are permanent. Once the implants heal, they will stay in the mouth as long as patients care for their smiles.

Do Dental Implants Change Your Sense of Taste?

Patients who have removable dentures can often have a reduced sense of taste. Implant-secured dentures can help patients have a better sense of taste because these dentures do not lay on the gums. Additionally, patients with gum disease may be able to taste better with implant restorations because they no longer have excessive bacteria to impact their taste buds.

Are Dental Implants Hard to Clean?

No, implants are not difficult to clean. Patients can brush their implant-secured crowns, bridges, or dentures with soft-bristled toothbrushes and floss using traditional dental floss. Brushing gently around the restorations and the gums will keep the teeth, gums, and implants healthy. When flossing, patients can wrap dental floss around their fingers and create a C-shape around each tooth. Flossing around the tooth and just under the gums will ensure that the gum tissue stays healthy, even if patients do not have any remaining natural teeth.

Do Dental Implants Affect Metal Detectors?

Dental implants do not affect metal detectors because of the metal used and the amount in the implant. An implant is made of a titanium metal post, which is harder to detect than surgical metals. Even if you have multiple dental implants, the amount of metal used in implants is also insufficient to affect metal detectors at airports, museums, and other venues.

Contact LIFESmiles for restorative care with dental implants today at (208) 254-6365. You can also schedule a dental appointment with our team on our website.